Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey will join the University of Texas (UT) as a professor who this fall will teach in the university’s Department of Radio-Television-Film according to a statement by the University.
Though McConaughey has been a visiting instructor at the flagship campus in Austin since 2015, the appointment makes things official. And according to the university statement on Wednesday, the appointment recognises the actor’s “outstanding work as a teacher and mentor.”
He will continue teaching a Script to Screen film production class for which he developed the course curriculum.
The university says McConaughey is respected for his “willingness to work with students beyond the classroom.”
“We are proud to welcome Professor McConaughey to officially join our world-class faculty,” says Moody College Dean Jay Bernhardt. “Matthew cares deeply for our school and our students, and we are thrilled that he shares his time and talent to help prepare the next generation of media leaders and innovators.”
In recognition of his professional pedigree and personal investment in student success, Matthew McConaughey has been appointed a #TEXASMoody professor of practice. @McConaughey will continue to teach the #UTScriptoScreen class in @UTRTF. pic.twitter.com/9goKkc6U0A
— TEXAS Moody (@UTexasMoody) August 28, 2019
McConaughey earned a film degree from the school in 1993. He has appeared in more than 50 films such as Dazed and Confused, The Wolf of Wall Street and Dallas Buyers Club, for which he won an Oscar and Golden Globe for his leading role.